Major technical and business advances will be announced at the International Plastic Pipes XX Conference and Exhibition. These developments are previewedby the provisional program of papers for the conference that will be held September 6 – 8, 2021 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam.

Zoran Davidovski (PPXX Chairman) comments: “Ever since our first event inSouthampton (UK) in 1972, our conferences have become a platform for newsand reviews about innovation within the plastic pipe industry. Such innovationhas not been stifled over the last eighteen months – good ideas in our industryhave always found their way to fruition.”

“USA and the EU countries are now safe countries from which to travel to TheNetherlands. Very soon, over 400 business and technology delegates fromaround the world will meet in Amsterdam to share insights into the fascinatingworld of plastic pipe systems. The entire industrial supply chain will berepresented and like our plastic pipes, these networking connections will belong lasting.”

Hydrogen: lightweight pipes for lightweight gas

Plastic pipelines that deliver hydrogen also come with the promise of long life.Conference will review UK results from testing polyethylene pipes for use ingas distribution systems. Given that hydrogen is easily produced fromrenewable sources, its potential for such an appplication is gathering interestelsewhere in Northern Europe.

For example, the Danish Gas Technology Centre will report with raw material supplier Borealis on ten years of testing experience in a small-scale pilot grid. From the Netherlands, where hydrogen is already a key component in the current energy transition, Kiwa Technology will announce their test results on aReinforced Thermoplastic Pipe (RTP) systemwith an HDPE liner for hydrogen gas distribution.

Morocco – no more walking for water in rural community

PPXX will feature numerous project case studies that illustrate the many benefits of flexible plastic pipe systems over those of more rigid pipe materials.One interesting study will be presented by the Columbian University Chapter ofEngineers Without Borders. This student engineering project was undertaken inthe rural community of Ait Bayoud, Morocco, where two of the most remote villages endured water scarcity.

A previously installed leaking iron pipe was beyond repair and to meet their water needs, women and children were compelled to walk several kilometers tothe nearest spring each day.

Over the course of six weeks, engineering students from the Chapter implemented a fully functional four-kilometer HDPE pipeline complete with a 38,000 liter tank, 5.4 kW solar pumping system, and four tapstands. This system currently distributes clean water to 370 people.

PVC Pipes – more sustainable white pigment

For more than 100 years, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) has been used as a white pigment to make paint, sausages, toothpaste and inks. Now Andrew White from FP Pigments Oy in the UK will announce to conference that a new generation of TiO2 has a significantly lower carbon footprint than conventional TiO2 in PVC pipe formulation.

“When replacing 10 – 35 wt% of the TiO2 in a PVC pipe formulation,” explains White, “the unique particle morphology and functionality enables the manufacturer to better optimise their formulations and to positively enhance the overall performance of PVC Pipe systems.”

PVC pipe systems were first commercially introduced in 1936. Since then, long life and recycling have emphasized their environmental credentials. “This paperwill review the technology, present a reduced carbon footprint as well as the most recent laboratory results in developing an improved sustainable PVC compound using smart titanium dioxide,” says White.

The preliminary PPXX technical program is posted on:

Online registration for the Conference is available on:

CAPTION: Since the mid 1950s, the Dutch have pioneered the development of plastic pipe technology. Pictured is recent work carried out on one of the many bridges that span the Amsterdam canals

(ENDS)Note to Editors: PPCA conferences are self-financing and any profits from one event are re-invested in future conferences, educational tools or “spin-off” events. Further information: Eva Ori at [email protected] Tel.: + 36-30-9514-480

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